By Silvia González Goytia
Another year is about to finish and here we are again, in the rush of completing these many things that we need or have to do to close the year. There is little time for introspection, to care for the things that really matter. And this is why we linger on our tradition of presenting Christmas plays in this season, to make our students reflect on what is truly important. And that is the reason they write the scripts themselves, so they can release their own feelings and thoughts.
And what they project in their plays tells us a lot about the world we are living in now: a bitter Santa Claus that doesn’t like children because they don’t like his toys anymore, abandoned children that are longing for a family that loves them, children that forget to be grateful with their parents, a boy that gets lost in between Good and Evil; many realities that we can’t oversee because they are actually happening. But the good news is that there is still redemption: there was One who was willing to give His life for all us. And thanks to Him, all the stories have a good ending: they all find love, hope and will to carry on a life full of meaning because now they have the light that will guide them through darkness and despair to find the way back home to the Father, the only place in which we are going to find the true joy.
Furthermore, seeing this event from the academic point of view, this is an integrative activity in which students exert and apply different skills practiced throughout the semester, reaching its highest point in the setting up of the plays.
In this opportunity, not only their knowledge of a second language is bared, but also other aspects that round a comprehensive education, like body expression in the performance, imagination and creativity in the stage design and critical thinking in the drafting of the moral that is the closure of their presentation.
The students work is witnessed and evaluated by other English teachers and pupils of other English levels, so the assessment of their achievement could be more objective and plural, including peer evaluation.
Finally, we want to share with you the work and effort of our pupils, because without their enthusiasm and commitment this achievement couldn’t have been successfully fulfilled.